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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

First Map Of America

The first map of America, which was done over 500 years ago sold for $1,002,267 today at a Christie's auction in London. The selling price (£480,000) was just under the estimate of £500,000.

It's also the first map to portray the earth as a globe, distinguish between north and south and first map of South America as well.

A much bigger version of the map produced in 1515 and often referred to as "America's birth certificate" was bought by the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington DC for $10 million in 2003.

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